February 13
Preparing for Budget Season
February 20
Monthly Luncheon
February 27
Bowling with the Board!
March 11
Shelter-in-Place Answers
Workshop & EOC Tour
April 8
Associates Night Trade Show
April 24
Roof Walk

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New Members!

Please welcome our newest members:

Mabel Corona
Cushman & Wakefield @Adobe

Michael Gervais

Eileen Kong
Kilroy Realty Corporation

Julia Johnson
Reliable Property Management

Susan Price
Woodmont Real Estate Services




The Byline

President's Message

Gizelle LambHere we are in February already! I feel like the year is already flying by.  I just returned from the annual BOMA International National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.  And yes, it was very cold and wet! Luckily, we narrowly missed getting hit by the big storms. This was my first trip to DC and it was very exciting to be part of such an important task for our organization!  As you know, part of your membership benefits include dedicated advocacy representation at the State and National levels of our government.  The annual National Issues Conference is held to represent commercial property owners and managers at the national level in Washington D.C.

Our delegation included representatives from local BOMA organizations all over the country.  The California BOMA representatives split up into several groups and attended meetings with senior staff members from Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein's offices.  We also met personally with Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Not only did we plead our case for extending the Terrorist Risk Insurance Act which expires December 31st, 2014; but we also discussed the need to extend and make permanent the Leasehold Improvement Depreciation timeline of 15 years versus 39 years. Both of these issues have had bipartisan support in the past.  We were assured this is what our legislators will support as well.

As I roamed the tunnels and hallways underneath and through the Capitol Building I could not help but be in awe of this procedure.  I was reminded that we are living in the best country ever.  We have the ability to fight for what we believe in through the process of contacting our representatives. It was a very successful conference and we accomplished a lot for our industry. 

See you at our next BOMA event!

Gizelle Lamb, RPA/FMA

Why Me?

Why should you complete the BOMA EER Survey? 
Because your data matters!

It has value for YOU:  As an EER survey participant, YOU get a FREE analysis of your building compared its local market peers.  YOU will also get steep discounts (up to 25%) on your EER purchase. YOU get first notice when the reports are available.

Plus participating is absolutely free, and all data are kept in confidence.

It has value for our industry: Locally, BOMA can use EER data to help identify market trends and as a resource for talking with local and state-wide officials when they consider regulations that could financially impact the industry.

Nationally, BOMA International uses EER data to successfully advocate on behalf of the industry on the federal, state and local levels; to provide timely education and training to industry practitioners; and to identify additional research that can help industry practitioners work more effectively.

Thank You Office Angels

BOMA Silicon Valley wishes to thank the following members and their companies for their recent generous donations:

Thank you, BOMA Treasurer Olga Ornelas, Equity Office for the donation of a new microwave for the BOMA office.
Thank you, Terry Riecken, CMD Builders, Inc. for the donation of assorted office supplies.

Online LEED AP Classes


LEED AP Operations and Maintenance class series
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22

Sign up at http://boma-green.webex.com

BOMA and our training partners at Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) have received some requests from students and members to give training on LEED AP O+M classes before the LEED v4 requirement in June. Not only will BOMA be hosting LEED O+M online classes this upcoming March through May but we are also offering a special discounted class fee reduced from $250 down to $199!

Click here to see all upcoming BOMA Workshops & Seminars, including our full schedule of online LEED Green Associate classes.

Storm Water Reminder

Important Reminder for San Jose Property Owners and Managers:
Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Facilities
By Bryan Apple and Jared Hart, City of San José

Stormwater runoff from urban areas in the San Francisco Bay Area is a significant source of pollutants that contribute to water quality problems.  Pollutants, such as motor oil, pesticides, solvents, and litter, are washed into storm drains, and can reach our creeks and the Bay without treatment.  The San Francisco Bay Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (Permit) sets forth regulations for cities in the Bay Area to prevent stormwater pollution.  The Permit requires most development projects to install permanent stormwater treatment facilities to treat runoff for pollutants.  Landscape-based treatment facilities, which include biofilters, swales and infiltration basins, filter runoff through vegetation and soil.  Mechanical or vault-based devices, which include media filters and hydrodynamic separators, remove pollutants by capturing debris and filtering runoff.    

In order for these treatment facilities to function effectively they must be maintained.  Common maintenance activities for landscape-based treatment facilities include vegetation management and repair of erosion related issues.  Application of fertilizers and pesticides should be minimized.  Vault-based devices are proprietary, requiring maintenance by qualified OSHA Confined Space Entry Certified personnel, and the use of vacuum trucks.

Operation and maintenance (O&M) of stormwater treatment facilities are the legal responsibility of the landowner. The owner or property manager's responsibility is to schedule maintenance and maintain records of all maintenance activities.  Building owners and managers can help protect our creeks and the Bay by complying with O&M requirements for stormwater treatment facilities.

More Information: If your property is in San José, contact the City's Environmental Services Department at 408-945-3000 or visit www.sanjoseca.gov/esd.